@ Grassie - I reckon it's poor production, or something, the music doesn't have the punch that you expect. Check out the new Dragonland album - it has been produced fantastically and punches like Rocky :D
Something that really bugs me about many of the newer power metal bands is that, no matter how cool the songs (and don't get me wrong many are great), they just seem to lack BALLS. Asif weight or substance is missing...the songs sound thin. Why is this?